Letter In Free Times

Below is a link that includes a letter I wrote to the Columbia weekly, Free Times, about the green architecture that was used in the construction of Jackson School.  Jackson is the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified Gold school in South Carolina.

http://www.free-times.com/index.php?cat=1992912063981076&ShowArticle_ID=11012812113088620

Kershaw County Library Presentation

I heard an excellent presentation at the Camden Rotary Club today by Amy Schofield, Director of the Kershaw County Library.  Amy talked about the many innovative programs and services the Library is doing, but I am expecially grateful for the work the Library is doing with Kershaw County First Steps and a number of other organizations to promote early (ages 0-5) literacy.

Check This Out On Truvista Channel 39

Recently, Kirk Mays from KM Productions did a piece with Doby’s Mill Elementary teacher Jakki Wiseman on how she uses a SmartBoard in her classroom.  It’s currently running on Truvista Channel 39.  A really interesting and enlightening feature!  Thanks to Ms. Wiseman and Kirk Mays for making this happen.  I believe anyone who watches this will be tremendously impressed!!

LEHS Soccer Players Recognized

I was happy to learn that Lugoff-Elgin High School soccer players Kyle Brosius and Henry Edmonds have been named to the South Carolina Olympic Development team’s 2012 roster.  The South Carolina Olympic Development program is part of the process to choose a USA National team and ultimately our Olympic team.  A big honor for these young men, LEHS, and Kershaw County!!

Special Thanks!

We had a water leak in an underground pipe over at North Central High School on Christmas Eve morning.  Special thanks to Terry Roddey from our maintenance staff and Director of Operations Billy Smith for quickly getting this problem stabilized on a holiday.  This is just another example of the tremendous caliber of folks we have working for us in our District.

A Great Impression Of Our Community!!

I went to the Carolina basketball game last evening and ran into some really nice kids from the Bethel Worship Center working a concession stand.  What a really nice group of young people and what a great impression they leave about our community!!!

Great Pictures In This Morning’s Chronicle-Independent!!

Several great pictures of students and staff in this morning’s Chronicle-Independent, including the grand prize winners of the Kershaw County Recreation Department’s annual Christmas Card Contest, a Christmas celebration at Jackson School, and members of the Doby’s Mill “You Go, Girls” running club at the Fitness Zone’s Jingle Bell 5K event.  Very cool!!!

LEHS Artwork On Display at the District Office

I’ve been remiss in mentioning how much I have enjoyed the excellent work by students in Alan Riches’ Art IIclass at Lugoff-Elgin High School that is now displayed in the front lobby of the District Office.  Really excellent work with frescos!!!

The Spirit Of The Season

During the weeks leading up to the Christmas break, one of the things I saw that pleased and gratified me most was the many charitable projects done in our schools as part of the observance of the season.  I think the strong emphasis in our schools on sharing and giving back, something that is constantly nurtured by our teachers, administration, and staff, strongly rubs off on our young people.  The many acts of giving that I saw over the past several weeks truly represents the spirit of the season.

LEHS Dancers A Hit!!!

One of my favorite holiday events is the dance presentation by the dance classes at Lugoff-Elgin High School.  It is absolutely heartening to see a group of young people who have worked so hard individually and collectively to put on a very polished, professional performance.  An absolutely stellar job by the students and their teacher, Mrs. Regina Adams and student teacher Sarah Price!!!!  Bravo!!!!!